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Gates wants US pressure kept on Taliban even during troops withdrawal
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has urged the Obama administration and the military to keep maximum pressure on the Taliban, as Afghan forces take over the war effort over the next few years. ANI

US man charged with $140 fine for paying medical bill in pennies
An American man has been issued a citation on charges of disorderly conduct for paying a disputed medical bill of 25 dollars in 2,500 pennies. ANI

Brit toddler survives after plunging 15ft out of bedroom window
A one-year-old baby girl in the UK has escaped death after falling 15 feet out of her bedroom window and landing on the concrete pavement below. ANI

Kate's wedding gown to be displayed at Buckingham Palace
It has been announced that the wedding gown of the Duchess of Cambridge would be displayed during the summer opening of Buckingham Palace between July 23 and October 3. ANI

Brit Navy officer hangs up his uniform to become transgender pole dancer
A former Royal Navy officer has revealed 'her' new lease of life as a transgender pole dance instructor. ANI

McFatter 'prom queen 2011' is a transgender!
Seniors of McFatter Technical High School have elected Andrew Viveros, a 17-year-old who was born male but has publicly presented herself as female for the last two years, as their 2011 prom queen. She ran against 14 competitors. ANI

Brit man beats 15-yr fear of flying only to be banned from plane!
A man who finally beat his 15-year phobia of air travel was barred from boarding a celebratory flight, because his passport was bent at the edge. ANI

Team of scholars complete dictionary of long dead language after 90-yrs
A team of scholars have completed a dictionary of a long dead language, which had not been spoken for more than 2,000 years, after working on it for 90-years. ANI

Palin says GOP needs a "fighter" to challenge Obama in 2012 presidential polls
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has said that there is a dire need of a strong Republican candidate to challenge Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential polls. ANI

Hackers target Chinese specialist, defense contractors
Chinese hackers, who targeted the Gmail accounts of top US officials, are now trying to gain access to computers belonging to China specialists and defense contractors, cyber security experts have claimed. ANI

Zardari plans to 'groom' Bilawal for entry into Pak politics
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari reportedly plans to "groom" and "acclimatize" his son Bilawal to the domestic political environment, as he will return home in September after finishing his studies at Oxford University. ANI

China establishes defense talk mechanism with 22 countries
China has established dialogue and consultation mechanisms on defense and security with 22 nations, and has military-to-military exchanges with over150 countries, country's Defense Minister has said. ANI

14 killed in bus accident in southwest Pakistan
Atleast 14 passengers were killed and ten injured when a minibus slid off a mountainous road and fell into a ravine in Chaman in southwest Pakistan on Monday. ANI

96 Pak prisoners freed on bail from Thai jail
Atleast 96 Pakistani refugees have been released on bail from Bangkok immigration prison in an initiative spearheaded by Thai human rights activists. ANI

Pak IB Ministry's 'secret' Rs.three billion 'other expenditures'
Pakistan's Information and Broadcasting Ministry has reportedly spent three billion rupees under 'other expenditures' without explaining the purpose for which such a huge amount was allocated. ANI

Palin 'didn't mean to step on Romney's toes' during 'bus tour' campaign
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has said that she did not mean to steal media attention through her One Nation" tour bus in New Hampshire on the day Mitt Romney announced his candidacy for president. ANI

China threatens Google over hacking claims
China has warned Google that its business would suffer if it continues saying that Chinese spies are hacking the emails of the United States officials. ANI

US, UK urge Saleh to quit in exchange for immunity
The United States and Britain have asked Saudi Arabia to persuade Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to formally stand down in exchange for immunity from prosecution and financial guarantees about his future. ANI

Beetle beats Bugatti to set world record of 0-60mph in 1.6 seconds
A 1965 Volkswagen Beetle has beaten a million pound Bugatti Veyron in a drag race in Northampton, UK. It set a world record of racing from zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.6 seconds. ANI

Palin defends her 'Paul Revere gaffe' saying 'I know my American history'
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has defended herself after being criticised for wrongly describing patriot Paul Revere's historic 1775 ride at the start of the Revolutionary War, saying 'I know my American history'. ANI

US considering much larger troop pullout from Afghanistan than scheduled
The United States is reportedly considering a much larger troop reduction in Afghanistan than that discussed a few weeks ago. ANI

Rao arrives in Bangladesh on two-day visit
Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao arrived here on a two-day visit to review bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh. ANI

Texans hold rally to stop TSA officers "touching their junk" at airport
Dozens of Texans gathered together in Austin to demand a stop to TSA officers "touching their junk" at the airport. ANI

Kate 'being secretly coached for public debut on 3 events'
It has emerged that the Duchess of Cambridge is being secretly trained before her first major appearance as a member of the Royal Family next weekend. ANI

Hackers target FBI affiliate InfraGard
The FBI linked organization InfraGard has become the latest target of a hackers' collective that recently penetrated the online security defenses of Nintendo and Sony. ANI

Pak sanctions extra Rs.150 billion for defence budget
The Pakistan government has sanctioned an additional 150 billion rupees for the fiscal 2011-12 defence budget. ANI

More women convicted of domestic violence in England as figures soar in past six years
The number of women convicted for perpetrating domestic abuse in England and Wales has quadrupled in the past six years. ANI

Military campaign against Gaddafi regime could last beyond Christmas: Hague
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has admitted that the military campaign against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi could last beyond Christmas, as the Libyan dictator still has the capability to cling to power for some more time. ANI

Pippa likely to be the new face of 'Hudson Jeans'
The latest buzz is that top designer Hudson Jeans is interested in signing Pippa Middleton for its skinny range, hoping that it will send women flocking to the stores. ANI

Rare 1923 camera that fetched record œ1.15m still works perfectly
It has emerged that a rare 1923 camera was in fully working order when it was sold at an auction to an anonymous private collector from Asia for a record 1.15 million pounds. ANI

15-year-old Oz teen boasted about murdering Nitin Garg
A 15-year-old Australian boy, who killed Indian student Nitin in January 2010, boasted about the murder. ANI

Oxfam launches "financial irregularities" probe into its Pak flood relief programme
Leading British charity Oxfam has reportedly launched an investigation into "financial irregularities" in its flood relief programme in Pakistan. ANI

Killing of Osama's, Kashmiri's can't stop 'out of control' terror scourge: Expert
The United States' efforts to kill Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) chief Ilyas Kashmiri and chase militants from one region of Pakistan to the next come with high costs and will not deter the militants from carrying out fresh attacks, a Pakistani expert has said. ANI

Bernie Madoff's underpants sold for $200 at Florida auction
Former stockbroker and Ponzi scheme operator Bernie Madoff's most personal possessions have been auctioned off, and among the items were his underpants, which sold for 200 dollars. ANI

Sikh loses three teeth in 'Osama's brother' racial attack in New York
A Sikh Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) employee was sucker-punched by a man in Brooklyn who accused him of being related to Osama Bin Laden. ANI

40 Brit universities face threat of 'Islamic radicalisation or recruitment on campus'
British officials have reportedly identified 40 universities in the country where 'there might be a particular risk of radicalisation or recruitment on campus'. ANI

Women spend 40 days in lifetime buying clothes for hubbies/boyfriends
A new study has revealed that men rely on their wives/girlfriends to buy more than half of their clothes, while they purchase only 30 pc of the items in the wardrobes themselves. ANI

India prevented Siachen resolution: Pak official
A senior Pakistan defence official has said India 'hardened its position' and thus prevented the resolution of the 26-year-old Siachen dispute. ANI

PPP delegation meets JUI-F leader Wasay to express regrets for terrorist remarks
A Pakistan People's Party (PPP) team led by Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani called on Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazlur Rehman) (JUI-F) leader Maulana Abdul Wasay to express regrets over remarks made by the provincial PPP president, Mir Sadiq Umrani. ANI

1 in 5 Brit women goes topless on holidays to get tanned skin
A new poll in the UK has revealed that one in five British women goes topless abroad to get an all-over tan. ANI

Accused hitman in Anni Dewani murder case suffering from 'malignant brain tumour'
The murder case of Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani has taken a twist after it was revealed that one of the accused hitmen in the alleged honeymoon murder plot is in a serious condition in Groote Schuur Hospital with a malignant brain tumour. ANI

NATO container torched in Pak's Kachi area
Unknown miscreants torched a NATO container in the precincts of Levies Station Dhahar on Sunday. ANI

7 US teens eye world record by eating pancakes round-the-clock!
A group of seven US boys are apparently looking to set a Guinness world record for the most consecutive hours spent eating pancakes by participating in a 24-hour pancake-eating fest. ANI

Nepal completes clearing army laid mines
The Government of Nepal has reportedly cleared all anti-personnel mines laid by the Nepal Army during the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M) insurgency. ANI

Men 'pack only 3 pairs of underwear while women take 10 for week-long trips'
A survey has revealed that men take only three pairs of underwear when holidaying for a week, while women take 10 pairs of knickers. ANI

Saudi actress Rahbini took driving lessons from husband
Saudi Arabian actress Wajnat Rahbini has revealed that her late husband gave her driving lessons. ANI

14 killed in US drone attack in South Waziristan
At least 14 people were killed in a suspected US drone strike in South Waziristan in Pakistan early today morning. ANI

Wills-Kat to shift into Diana's former house
The newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will soon be shifting to their 'starter home' at Kensington Palace, where Prince William and Prince Harry once lived with their late mother, Princess Diana. ANI

Terrorists could be spreading killer E.Coli: German doctors
The deadly E. Coli outbreak could have been spread by terrorists, say doctors, who add that rogue groups may have deliberately implanted the killer germ into fresh produce. ANI

France bans words 'Twitter', 'Facebook' on TV, radio news programs
French government has said it will ban the use of the words 'Facebook' and 'Twitter' on television or radio programs. ANI

Yemini opposition says it will not allow Saleh to return
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's visit to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment is tantamount to his departure as the ruler of Yemen and he will not be allowed to return to power, the Yemeni opposition has said. ANI

Iran supporting Syrian regime in its crackdown on pro-democracy protestors: UK
British intelligence reports have suggested that Iran is providing aid to the Syrian regime in its crackdown on pro-democracy protestors. ANI

Millions fewer baby girls born due to nuclear radiation: Study
Nuclear radiation from power plant leaks and bomb tests have resulted in fewer baby girls being born across the globe, a new study has revealed. ANI

Ilyas Kashmiri was in process of creating 'Laskhar-e-Osama' for attacks across Pak
Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) chief Ilyas Kashmiri, who was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan's South Waziristan region, had reportedly convened a meeting in North Waziristan last month to constitute a special squad that would be tasked with avenging the death of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ANI

Gilani offers olive branch to estranged Balochistan leaders
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that his government is ready for political dialogue with the estranged leaders of Balochistan. ANI

Strauss-Kahn expected to claim 'police irregularities' over arrest 'like a chicken thief'
Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is expected to claim his arrest was marred by irregularities, and that he was detained "like a chicken thief" inside a Paris bound Air France jet. ANI

Virgin Atlantic sacks four Gatwick staff for 'Taliban' donkey sex p*rn clip
British airline Virgin Atlantic has sacked four of its workers based at Gatwick Airport for circulating a video clip that claims to show a Taliban fighter having sex with a donkey. ANI

'Libyan gang rape victim' Imam al-Obeidi flees to US with Clinton's help
A Libyan woman who claimed that she was gang raped by 15 of dictator Muammar al-Gaddafis henchmen in Tripoli, has fled to the US, her sister has claimed. ANI

18 killed in suicide attack on Pak Army-run bakery in Nowshera
At least 18 people were killed and 45 others were injured when a suicide bomber attacked a Pakistan Army-run bakery in Nowshera city in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. ANI

Rehman Malik '98 percent sure' about HuJI chief Ilyas Kashmiri's death
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that he is "98 percent sure" that Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) chief Ilyas Kashmiri was among those killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan's South Waziristan region. ANI

Cameron's stand on foreign aid 'bold, necessary and right step', says Major
Former British Prime Minister Sir John Major has said that the country's plan of increasing overseas development cash despite the squeeze on public services at home is a 'bold, necessary and right' step. ANI

Berlusconi still holding bunga bunga parties, leaked wire taps reveal
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is still holding his 'bunga bunga' parties despite being on trial for sex with an underage prostitute, it has emerged. ANI

Sarah Ferguson feels 'emotionally bankrupt' by years of abuse
Sarah Ferguson reportedly broke down during a hypnosis session on an American reality show, saying "no wonder no one loves me. I am disgusting". ANI

Women 'likelier than men to bitch about friends behind their backs'
A new survey has revealed that women are more selfish than men and more likely to criticize their friends behind their backs. ANI

US woman wakes up with Transylvanian accent after oral surgery!
A US woman who was sedated for oral surgery a year and a half ago woke up to find she had gained a Transylvanian accent. ANI

SensorDynamics: New SD746 Features Wake-up on Motion Function
SensorDynamics, a producer of multidimensional inertial and wireless sensors announces the new and improved version of SD746, a micromechanical combo sensor. The combo sensor measures angular rate and acceleration along all three axes and comes in a tiny QFN 40 package Business Wire India

Polaris Wireless Receives Frost & Sullivan ""2011 Enabling Technology of the Year"" Award
Polaris Wireless, the global leader in high-accuracy, software-based wireless location solutions, today announced that the company has received the prestigious Frost & Sullivan “2011 Enabling Technology of the Year” award Business Wire India

GT Solar Receives $460.4 Million Order for Advanced Sapphire Crystallization Furnaces
GT Solar International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOLR), a global provider of polysilicon production technology, and sapphire and silicon crystalline growth systems and materials for the solar, LED and other specialty markets, announced that it has received an order for its advanced sapphire crystallization furnaces totaling $460 Business Wire India

Study Evaluating SIR-Spheres® Microspheres in Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer Presented at the 2011 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting
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Fox Chase Cancer Center Study Evaluating the Safety of Concurrent Chemotherapy and Selective Internal Radiation Therapy using SIR-Spheres® Microspheres Released at 2011 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting
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ASCO 2011: Erbitux Increased Overall Survival by 5.1 Months in Patients With mCRC That Has Spread Beyond the Liver
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Olivia Lum of Hyflux Named Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011
Olivia Lum, Group CEO and president of Hyflux Limited, from Singapore, was named the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 at an awards ceremony held in Monte Carlo’s Salle des Etoiles Business Wire India

PSE and MECIP Sign Malaysia gPROMS Agency Agreement
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Venture Outsource Spring Survey of Decision Makers in Electronics Supply Chain Reveals Some Optimism for Second Half of 2011 though Concerns about Japan Crisis Linger
Venture Outsource ( published findings from its 2011 spring survey of electronics supply chain decision makers across North America, Europe and Asia Business Wire India

Jefferies Expands Global Equity Research
Jefferies announced today the addition of Naomi Kumagai, Makarim Salman and Masahiro Wakasugi as Senior Equity Research Analysts based in Tokyo. Ms. Kumagai will cover the Healthcare sector, Mr. Salman will cover the Financial Services and Insurance sectors, and Mr. Wakasugi will cover the Technology sector. Business Wire India

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